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Dover-Calais ferry services suspended amid 160 km/hr winds

Calais - Storms packing winds of up to 160 kilometres (100 miles) per hour on Saturday forced the closure of France's port of Calais on the English Channel and the suspension of car ferries to and from Britain, officials said."No vessel is entering or leaving.

Ebola expert calls for European anti-virus 'corps'

London - Europe will be "vulnerable" if it does not regard viruses as a "national security issue" like the United States, the microbiologist who discovered Ebola said in an interview published Friday.

N.Ireland parties break deadlock with wide-ranging deal

London - Rival parties in Northern Ireland finally reached agreement over government reforms and dealing with the province's violent past, after months of talks that at times had threatened to topple the fragile unity government.

Six killed as lorry ploughs into Glasgow Christmas shoppers

Glasgow - Six people were killed and eight others injured in Glasgow, Scotland on Monday when a bin lorry ploughed into crowds of Christmas shoppers in what appeared to be a tragic accident.

British VIP abuse ring inquiry probes boys' murders

London - An inquiry into an alleged powerful ring of child abusers in the British establishment of the 1970s and 1980s is investigating the murders of three young boys, police said on Thursday.

Church of England names first female bishop

London - The Church of England on Wednesday named a saxophone-playing vicar with a taste for football as its first female bishop in a move hailed as an important step towards greater equality.

French court hears ex L'Oreal boss's smelly chip stand complaint

Albertville - A "clash of cultures" erupted Tuesday in a French court as former L'Oreal boss Lindsay Owen-Jones brought a case against the manager of a chip shop he accuses of stinking out his luxury ski apartment.

Failed 2005 London bombers lose European appeal

Strasbourg - Four men who attempted to set off a series of explosives in London in 2005 did not have their right to a fair trial breached, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday.

Antibiotics resistance could kill 10 million a year by 2050

London - A British government-commissioned review has found that resistance to antibiotics could account for 10 million deaths a year and hit global gross domestic product by 2.0 to 3.5 percent by 2050.

French chip stand gets up nose of British ex-boss of L'Oreal

Grenoble - A chip shop camped outside his luxury French ski apartment is getting up the nose of British former L'Oreal CEO Lindsay Owen-Jones.

Juncker says UK 'beating up' poor European immigrants

London - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker accused Britain's prime minister of "beating up" poor European immigrant workers with plans to restrict their access to public assistance, The Guardian reported Saturday.

Jim Murphy named leader of Scottish Labour Party

Edinburgh - The struggling opposition Labour Party in Scotland on Saturday announced that Jim Murphy will be its new leader following the acrimonious departure of previous leader Johann Lamont.

Computer failure sparks flight chaos over Britain

London - Britain suffered air travel chaos on Friday -- just as its peak Christmas season was getting under way -- because of a computer failure at an air traffic control centre.

London airspace restricted due to computer failure

London - A computer failure on Friday caused severe disruptions in flights over London -- one of the world's busiest travel routes, officials said.

N. Ireland unity govt talks end with no agreement

Belfast - British Prime Minister David Cameron left Northern Ireland on Friday after marathon talks aimed at shoring up the province's fractious unity government ended without a deal being struck.

Dozens arrested at London protest over U.S. police killings

London - British authorities arrested 76 people at a mass "die-in" in London held in solidarity with demonstrations sweeping the United States over recent controversial killings of black men by police.

British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

New York - Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate crowned their whirlwind tour of New York with a glittering gala dinner to raise money for the university where they fell in love.

Litvinenko murder suspect advising on Russian TV spy series

Moscow - A Russian production studio has hired Andrei Lugovoi, the former security agent wanted by Britain as the chief suspect in the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, as a consultant on a new TV spy series.

Dewani leaves South Africa after honeymoon murder acquittal

Cape Town - British businessman Shrien Dewani flew out of South Africa on Tuesday, a day after he was acquitted of murdering his bride during their honeymoon in a case that captured international attention.

Murdered bride's family slams Dewani decision

Cape Town - The family of a murdered Swedish bride whose millionaire husband was cleared of her killing have blasted the decision by a South African judge not to put him on the stand during his sensational trial.

British millionaire Dewani cleared of honeymoon murder

Cape Town - Millionaire British businessman Shrien Dewani walked free Monday after a South African judge cleared him of murdering his Swedish bride after a sensational trial where his sexuality played a key role.

Judge to rule on Dewani honeymoon murder case

Cape Town - A South African judge will rule Monday on whether charges that millionaire British businessman Shrien Dewani murdered his bride on their honeymoon should be thrown out of court.

British royal couple arrives in New York

New York - Crowds of jubilant royal watchers cheered as Britain's Prince William and his pregnant wife Kate arrived in New York on Sunday, kicking off a three-day trip to the East Coast.

Greece's fight for Elgin Marbles gets backing from rival Turkey

Athens - Turkey on Saturday announced its support for Greece's fight to get back from Britain the famous Elgin Marbles -- ancient Greek sculptures also known as the Parthenon Marbles which were taken from Athens in the 19th century.

Britain to open new military base in Bahrain

London - Britain is to open a new military base in Bahrain, both countries announced, its first permanent base in the Middle East since it formally withdrew from the region in 1971.

British MPs call for overhaul of surveillance laws

London - British surveillance laws are flawed and must be overhauled to stop police accessing the phone records of journalists, a group of lawmakers said in a report on Saturday.

Greece protests Elgin Marbles sculpture loan to Russia

London - Greece on Friday blasted the British Museum's unprecedented loan of one of the Elgin Marbles -- Greek sculptures also known as the Parthenon Marbles that Athens wants returned to Greece -- to a Russian museum.

Ghani promises self-reliant Afghanistan at London talks

London - President Ashraf Ghani outlined his vision for a more self-reliant Afghanistan at a conference in London on Thursday as he welcomed the withdrawal of foreign combat troops after 13 years.

Amsterdam to sell heroin test kits after tourist deaths

Den Haag - Street teams and "smart shops" in Amsterdam will on Friday start selling heroin test kits after three young British tourists died snorting a drug they thought was cocaine, Dutch media said.

Kerry backs new Afghan leaders at London meet

London - Secretary of State John Kerry promised US and allied support for Afghanistan as the country's new leaders outlined reform plans on Thursday, even as they struggled to bring peace while foreign combat forces withdraw.
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